The Hour and the Day



Critic Consensus: True Detective's halfway mark is a slow burn that culminates in a big kaboom, littered throughout with intriguing clues and unnerving ghosts from Wayne Hayes' past.

Episode Info

Hays and West see a possible connection between the local church and the Purcell crimes. As the detectives search for one suspect and round up another for interrogation, Woodard is targeted by a vigilante group.


Mahershala Ali
as Wayne Hayes
Carmen Ejogo
as Amelia Reardon
Stephen Dorff
as Roland West
Michael Greyeyes
as Brett Woodward
Scott McNairy
as Tom Purcell
Ray Fisher
as Henry Hays
Mamie Gummer
as Lucy Purcell
Rhys Wakefield
as Freddy Burns
Brett Cullen
as Gerald Kindt
Sarah Gadon
as Elisa Montgomery
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Critic Reviews for The Hour and the Day

Now that we're halfway through, it's safer than ever to start looking forward to some real answers in the weeks to come.

Jan 28, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

I think the first season of True Detective was flawed but ambitious television, and I liked it very much, and I get wanting to recapture some of that magic. But to this degree of mimicry? "The Hour and the Day" never develops its own strengths.

Feb 12, 2019 | Full Review…

True Detective [is] crossing into its halfway mark, and delivering its best episode of the season in doing so. Its way of allowing both character and plot to connect rather than character taking the lead, ... gives a new breath of life to what's ahead.

Jan 28, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This episode doesn't exactly provide us with any forward momentum. The show is holding its cards way close to the chest and I can see that becoming frustrating from some viewers who are more in this for the mystery elements than a character study.

Jan 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Misplaced guilt is a through line for many crime stories... Seeing this conveyed in True Detective isn't a novel concept, of course, but it's tragically, movingly rendered by the show's cast and Pizzolatto and Milch's script.

Jan 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The puzzle pieces are starting to fall into place.

Jan 28, 2019 | Full Review…

There's nothing new and plenty clichéd about the story of the 'Nam survivor dogged by ghosts. But the effect of those figures quietly, swiftly flooding the room, their ready postures, their ease and silence, made my stomach drop with dread.

Jan 28, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

We're four episodes in and the third outing of True Detective has settled into its rhythm. Is it working? Well, it's an improvement on season two.

Jan 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The episode doesn't live up to the expectations and instead spins its wheels until an explosive ending.

Jan 28, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Co-written by Nic Pizzolatto and David "Deadwood" Milch, with the former making his directorial debut, it's simply another well-written procedural, funny where it wants to be - and ugly where it needs to be.

Jan 28, 2019 | Full Review…